October 25, 2013 03:00 PM by Suzy Kerr
Is Bethenny Frankel about to become the new Ice Queen of daytime talk shows? That’s what Page Six is reporting, with an eye-opening story about the former Real Housewives of New York City star’s frosty demeanor on her new talk show – toward both show staffers and audience members.
Since premiering in September, the ratings from Bethenny (what an original name, right?) have been anything but mind-blowing…unless you count mind-blowingly low, anyway. With just a million viewers, the show has been struggling to stay relevant, and Bethenny has been working hard to increase her ratings. Earlier in the month, we reported that the former reality star reached out to rival Jill Zarin, who she famously feuded with on The Real Housewives of New York City. Bethenny thought having her ex-bestie would be a guaranteed ratings boost, but Jill was all, “bitch please” and refused to make an appearance.
Ratings don’t seem to be the only problem for Bethenny Frankel, though. Page Six’s story is anything but flattering, saying that the talk show host’s “standoffish demeanor” has offended both staffers and audience members who have complained about her “icy disposition.” One insider says that Bethenny is only present when she absolutely has to be. “She’s cold and only walks in when she has to tape and walks out,” says the source. There have also apparently been some email complaints to producers regarding the former reality star’s disinterest in interacting with her audience.
Some staffers are backing up these reports as well, claiming that Bethenny has little involvement in planning and producing the show. However, other insiders say all these stories are totally bogus, and that the talk show host is highly involved, right down to choosing the flowers in guest dressing rooms.
I guess the only thing we know for certain is her ratings aren’t so hot, and Bethenny Frankel better do something – and do it fast – if she wants to keep giving her audience and staff the cold shoulder. Otherwise, there’s not going to be anyone around to complain about it.
What do you think? Are you buying that Bethenny is one cold beyotch, or are these just silly rumors? Tell us in the comments!
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